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Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 10:04 AM
Subject: [DemocracyAlert] Update: Campaign for Sentenced Women Activists
Sentenced in Iran

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April 26, 2007)

Democracy Alert: Update: Campaign for Sentenced Women Activists Sentenced in
The Women's Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP)
has issued an alert and began a writing campaign to help four women's rights
activists who were sentenced to prison last week for their role in
organizing the June 12, 2006 peaceful protest demanding equal rights for
women in Iran. Fariba Davoudi Mohajer was sentenced to 4 years in prison,
three of which are suspended. Parvin Ardalan and Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani
were sentenced to 3 years, of which two and a half years are suspended.
Sussan Tahmasebi received 2 years, of which one year and a half years are
The women will be required to serve the suspended sentences if "found guilty
of another crime" during the next five years. WLP claims the government is
using the suspended sentences as a way to pressure activists into ceasing
their activities. All activists were tried in absentia, because when they
walked outside the courthouse to stop police from beating supporters and
friends assembled to hear the outcome of their cases, they were arrested and
prevented from returning to the courthouse to be present at their own trial.
To protest the sentencing of the four activists, WLP asks you to please
write to the following individuals:
Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Tehran, Iran
Fax: +98-21-649-5880 or +98-21-774-2228
Salutation: Your Excellency
Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi
Head of the Judiciary
Ministry of Justice
Park-e Shahr
Tehran, Iran
Fax : +98-21-879-6671
Salutation: Your Excellency
Dr. M. Javad Zarif
Ambassador to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017, United States
Fax: +1-212-867-7086
Salutation: Your Excellency
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